Planning your Middle Fork of the Salmon Trip

September Middle Fork Trips

Below is the essential information you need to plan your Middle Fork trip. In preparing for your trip, it is helpful to print out a copy of our Check List and Trip Details. If you are joining us in June, July, or August, please go to that page for pre-trip meeting and other information.

Trip Meeting Locations

Our September trips meet in Salmon or Stanley, or by prior arrangement in Boise. We meet the night before departure and use an air charter service to get to the river the next morning. The flight from Salmon or Stanley is included in our trip fare. By arrangement, we can meet guests in Boise the evening before departure and fly to the river from there. There is a supplemental air-charter fee of $125 per-person for parties of 3 or more flying from Boise. The supplemental fee from Boise for fewer people is an additional $375 for a party of 1 or 2.

At the end of the trip, we return guests to Salmon or Stanley by van or bus. Guests are responsible for making flight arrangements from Salmon at the end of the trip. Flights from Salmon can be arranged with Sawtooth Flying Service, 1-800-798-6105 or with Gem Air, 1-208-756-7382.

Air Service to Boise

Name Website Phone
Southwest Airlines 1-800-435-9792
United Airlines 1-800-864-8331
Delta Airlines 1-800-221-1212
Alaska Airlines 1-800-252-7522
US Air 1-800-428-4322

What to Bring

We provide just about everything you’ll need, including freshly laundered sleeping bags and, spacious, clean tents. Fly-rods should be in protective cases. Our fly fishing tips PDF has helpful information about fishing the Middle Fork.

  • Sun Screen and lip protection
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Shirts for camp and to wear on-river
  • 2 pair of quick drying shorts or bathing suits
  • Baseball type cap
  • 1 pair of pants for camp
  • 2 pair of shoes for camp and boating (river sandals)
  • 2 pairs of wool socks
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Warm jacket
  • Polypropylene underwear, top and bottom
  • Rain gear (good quality)
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medications
  • Water bottle with loop for attaching
  • Carabiner for clipping water bottle to boat
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Large Ziplock bags (for wet items & personal hygiene)
  • Fly Fishing gear including a selection of flies.

Optional items might include a paperback book, binoculars, insect repellent and a fanny pack for hiking. Do not bring radios (iPod types are OK) or firearms.


Fishing on the Middle Fork is outstanding. You’ll need an Idaho fishing license. You can get one at a local shop before your trip or by calling Idaho Sports Licensing, 1-800-554-8685.

On our Fly Fishing trips we use only boats rigged for fishing. Boats are set up so one person can fish from the front and one from the back.

Accommodations After Your River Trip

After lunch on the last day of the trip, our bus or van returns to the town of Salmon. If guests have met us in Stanley, we continue there. We typically arrive in Salmon around 4:00 pm and Stanbley around 6:00 pm.

Travel Arrangements at the End of Your Trip

Guests are responsible for flight arrangements from Salmon and should make reservations well in advance. Flights from Salmon can be arranged with Sawtooth Flying Service, 1-800-798-6105 or with Gem Air, 1-208-756-7382. Our bus usually arrives at the Salmon airport by 4 pm on the afternoon of our take-out.


Late summer weather is usually ideal on the Middle Fork but mountain rain showers are common. Typical daytime temperatures are in the high 70s. Evenings and early mornings can be chilly so bring a warm fleece type jacket and good quality rain gear.

For more information about our September fly fishing trips give us a call, 1-208-756-8116.